The minister, one of the few from the Narendra Modi government to break their silence on the issue, said that she would move a Cabinet note to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
The petition states that since the validity of Section 18 has been upheld by a division bench of the Supreme Court, it cannot be “altered or diluted or effectively over-ruled” by another bench of the same strength and hence the judgment is liable to be set aside on this ground alone.
Of 700-odd districts, merely 194 have the recommended exclusive courts for SC/ST Act cases. The Sunday Express travels to two such courts — one in Ahmedabad, set up after Una, and the other in Banda, a district with a high number of cases — to find a familiar story
Part of the mobilisation process also involved releasing standardised leave application format to all SC/ST government, semi-government, and private employees so that they could officially state the reason for leave on April 2.
In the worst wage revision in the history of the rural employment guarantee scheme, that started in 2006, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no hike in their wages for FY 2018-19, according to the revised wage rates issued by the Union government.
Sources in the government said that although Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot has written to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad about a review plea, the matter did not come up for discussions in the two cabinet meetings since March 20.
Malviya’s tweet was pointed out to the poll panel while Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat was briefing the media on poll preparedness in Karnataka. Senior BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Bhupender Yadav and Anil Baluni rushed to meet the poll panel to clear the “confusion”.
The apex court had on March 20 had underlined that “law should not result in caste hatred,” and ruled out automatic registration of FIR and arrest in complaint under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.
While the Supreme Court order was criticised by Dalit rights groups and even Dalit MPs from BJP as weakening the legislation, the Congress hit out at the government for the inept handling of the case by the Additional Solicitor General.
The Supreme Court bench of U U Lalit and A K Goyal, which laid down stringent safeguards before registering a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on Tuesday, took a similar line on the anti-dowry law last July.
According to the new formula, first reported by The Indian Express on October 23, 2017, reservation in faculty positions will be calculated department-wise, instead of being based on the total posts in a university.